Sigma Staff Says 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Will ‘Probably’ Arrive in Two Months


According to Photo Rumors, one of their readers spoke to a Sigma rep at the Photography Show in Birmingham and was told that the much-anticipated 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens will make landfall in about two months time.

The 50mm f/1.4 Art lens is the one that Sigma has said will compete with ZEISS’ incredible $4,000 55mm f/1.4 Otus. That would be quite a feat, and early tests (if they are legitimate) seem to show that Sigma wasn’t bluffing.

Of course, this doesn’t exactly constitute official confirmation, and we’re still waiting for an answer to the most important question (how much will it cost!?) but it’s good to know that the lens isn’t that far off. Stay tuned and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more info become available.

(via Photo Rumors)

  • David Gurney

    I also spoke with a Sigma rep at the UK Photography Show. He told me the 50 1.4 Art lens would be available in around 3 weeks (for Canon).

  • lousi

    I’m sure this will be yet another clinical test-chart lens with bad bokeh from sigma. I love how people try to act like the 35/1.4 is the second coming and a NEW sigma. they have always made sharp primes that are cheap. anyone can make a sharp cheap prime. look at samyang.

  • Rūdolfs Rancāns

    What’s a bad bokeh?

  • Fresh Photography UK

    I was told to reliably expect this lens to cost between £800 and £900 by Sigma’s UK marketing manager at the photography show in Birmingham on Monday morning. :)

  • Blackout

    Yep, Sigma Rumors told it about two weeks ago, with an email from Sigma as a proof.

  • Clayton Finley

    I don’t like this lens, its making the previous 50 1.4 impossible to find for a canon mount. I can’t afford this one, and Don’t want the canon version. Sure its going after high end lens’s, but its abandoning the budget guys like me.

  • harumph

    You think the 35mm 1.4 has bad bokeh? I’d love to see an example of that.

  • Patrick Griffin Santucci

    Sigma is going to continue to make the original one as well.

  • Genkakuzai

    The 85mm f/1.4 UMC from Samyang has great bokeh. And there’s a difference between making a “sharp cheap prime” and making a prime that can compete with the Otus, i.e. something neither Canon nor Nikon has succeeded with so far.

  • Genkakuzai

    I think I might kinda want this…

  • Cinto Brewer

    The sigma has alright bokeh for a 35mm lens, most lenses with aspheric elements seem to have busy bokeh. If anyone can make a lens as good as the sigma, why haven’t they? I’ve owned the Canon 35 1.4 for years until I traded it in for the sigma and the Canon is considered one of the better 35 1.4’s. The Sigma blows it away for sharpness and more importantly for CA.

  • Clayton Finley

    I hope so, its been back ordered everywhere for awhile.

  • Stephen

    I’m not convinced we know yet what will or won’t “compete with the Otus.” For one thing, there aren’t nearly enough Otus lenses in the field yet. Second and more importantly, Zeiss stressed the Otus was designed for the future of digital photography. Zeiss made clear it believes there are only a handful of camera bodies that can presently take advantage of the Otus’s image quality. The Otus is a lens that’s supposedly ahead of its time.

    So in terms of what we actually shoot (because really, who gives a flip about lab tests?), I think it’ll be a couple years before we see if the Otus is truly outclassing Canon, Nikon, Sigma, etc in the way that Zeiss promised.

  • Scott F

    I was told by a Sigma representative that the 50mm should have a price tag around $1500. I shot a preproduction model at WPPI and I must say it was a beautiful lens.

  • solomonshv

    i freakin hope so. i really want a good 50mm prime to replace my plastic canon 50mm 1.8. it’s about time. i also have a ton of rebate cards and B&H credit to burn.

  • solomonshv

    it’s very popular because of how it outperforms the 1st party lenses in the same price range. people are actually buying it. but don’t worry, you’ll get one soon.

  • David H.

    I too was at the show, and the Sigma rep said that the original lens would be discontinued!

  • Anal Fungis Acid

    1500$ is ridiculous, i hope it’s 800$ or less

  • angelo p

    The 35mm f1. Art had an MSRP of $1400 and sells for $900 US. I think the 50mm f1.4 will be in the same price range

  • Ryan Tower

    if its $1500 im skipping it (just get the L glass then?) Im hoping for around $900-1000 to justify Sigma glass. Paying L prime prices for Sigma is like paying Lexus sticker for a new Ford.